BILLABONG PRO TAHITI: FINAL DAY
The party in the Teahupo’o channel started at about 8 a.m. this morning. Raimana World, the Cascade, the Chayan and about 25 other vessels, all tied up to the same anchorline, and most sporting an assortment of supermodels, ukulele-strumming, monoi-oiled lovelies and endless cases of Hinanos.
NOTES FROM THE BILLABONG PRO TAHITI: TEN
Chelsea may have gotten the 10 (a semifinal deep tube plus hack combo that would have legitimately been a dude's 8), Keala may have the rep, but Melanie Redman Carr, the reinvented xx-year-old with two consecutive wins already to her credit this year, has what could be the last women’s title at Teahupo’o — ever.
NOTES FROM THE BILLABONG PRO TAHITI: DAY NINE
One of the most prominent boats you'll notice in the channel during the Billabong Pro Tahiti is Raimana Van Bastolaer's craft. About 25 feet long with a crow's nest and a bow emblazoned with Red Bull logos, its name couldn't be more appropriate: “Raimana World.”
NOTES FROM THE BILLABONG PRO TAHITI: DAY EIGHT
“Maururu.” Walk anywhere in these parts, and you're going to hear this Tahitian phrase a hell of a lot more than “merci.” It means, “thank you,” and applies to everything from morning greetings to business exchanges to drunken heart-to-hearts.
NOTES FROM THE BILLABONG PRO TAHITI: Slater picks up where he left off – again!
Pre-dawn Teahupo'o is a step back in time. The air is still. The only sounds are three-wave sets of crowing roosters every 10 to 15 seconds. The first hints of the new day slowly creep behind the mountains in the southeast.
NOTES FROM THE BILLABONG TAHITI PRO
Remember that last report on "flat" Teahupo'o, how it's better than your home break and blah blah blah? Scratch it. It's probably still better (the Jurassic scenery alone is enough to keep you inspired), but the last two days here have been flat flat. Like, unrideable flat, prompting many to wonder whether this year's event will become the "Small Pass" open.
Here's a little known secret: "flat" Teahupo'o probably blows away the waves at your home break right now
For the second morning in a row, the second official day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti waiting period, you could have surfed a two-hour session with no one else but the tour's most diligent dawn-patroller, Nathan Hedge and Rip Curl "pit boss" Matt Griggs.
Slater Set For Billabong Pro Tahiti Replay
Should Slater win this weeks Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupoo he will have conquered the last milestone still standing before him – the record for the all time number of event wins currently standing at 33 and held by three times world champion Tom Curren